Four Reasons to Consider a Destination Wedding at Sandals Resorts

Posted on Thu , Oct 31, 2013

Caribbean Destination Wedding DealsCaribbean destination weddings are popular for a lot of reasons. Many brides dream of getting married on the beach. And if you go through a Certified Destination Wedding planner like The Sand Lady, a destination wedding can be much less stressful and time consuming to plan than a local wedding. You will work with one wedding "vendor" - me - rather than several vendors for flowers, catering, etc. 

Here are Four Reasons to Consider a Destination Wedding at a Sandals Resort:

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Sandals offers an array of colors from which to select your color palette. Your wedding can be as customized as you like. You can select from dozes of floral options, cake designs, ceremony and reception decor, entertainment and more to design the perfect celebration that reflects your personalities and style. For brides that prefer a professionally designed theme, Sandals offers 5 gorgeous designer themes to choose from. More on ceremony and reception design options here

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$1,000 WeddingMoons Credit

Sandals resorts is currently offering a $1,000 credit to give you more choice and flexibility when designing the perfect Caribbean destination wedding. This limited time promotion includes $500 wedding credit to use towards your customized destination wedding and $500 honeymoon credit to use on items to enhance your honeymoon such as renting a private beach cabana, a catamaran cruise, honeymoon highlights video, etc. 

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Special Inclusions for Wedding Groups

For brides and grooms who want to celebrate with friends and family, Sandals offers lots of extra inclusions to enhance the group's time together and to reward the bride and groom for celebrating their marriage with Sandals. Wedding groups of 5 or more rooms may earn a special group cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktail, private pre-wedding celebration dinner for the group, complimentary plated wedding reception, manicure and pedicure for the bride, massage for the groom, and more. 

Gift Registry

Create a Gift Registry filled with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Your Sandals gift registry lets you create a wish list to make your destination wedding and honeymoon unforgettable. From a romantic couples massage by the sea, to an adventurous horseback ride on the beach, or an upgrade to a luxurious Love Nest Suite.

destination wedding registryRead more about the destination weddings that we plan at Sandals resorts as well as real Sandals weddings here

Or click below to request your Complimentary Destination Wedding Consultation with The Sand Lady. There is never any fee for our service or obligation for the consultation. Let's get started planning your dream wedding!

 

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Topics: destination wedding, Special Promotions

Destination Wedding: Jessica and Justin's Intimate Island Nuptials (part 2 of 2)

Posted on Mon , Oct 21, 2013

Jessica and Justin got married at Sandals La Toc on September 17. More on their intimate beach wedding in St. Lucia here

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Then began the honeymoon of their dreams in St. Lucia. 

One of the most exciting things about a destination wedding at Sandals is that your honeymoon starts the moment you say, "I do." Jessica and Justin enjoyed their first meal as a married couple at La Toc restaurant, which serves authentic French Cuisine with white glove service at dinner. 

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Jessica describes Justin as a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy. She was ecstatic that he absolutely loved his very sophisticated meal at La Toc. After a very romantic dinner, the honeymooners returned to their suite to find that their butler team had drawn a bubble bath, iced some champagne and decorated to celebrate their marriage. 

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Jessica and Justin stayed in a dreamy honeymoon suite - the Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool. These signature LoveNest suites sit atop La Toc's romantic Sunset Bluff and offer unrivaled views of the sunset over the ocean from their private pool. 

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Of course the newlyweds spent time taking in the scenic views from their private pool, and Justin even discovered a new favorite local beer. When its all included, you're free to try new things! More on Sandals Discovery Dining program here

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Jessica took this picture of the Sunset Bluff from Sandals La Toc's beach.

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St. Lucia is a beautiful, adventurous island. I alway recommend that clients traveling to St. Lucia book at least one tour to see more of the island. Jessica and Justin went on and all day excursion that allowed them to explore some of St. Lucia's rich history in a fishing village by the sea, view the world-famous Pitons, discover tropical waterfalls and bathe in the mineral-rich Sulfur Springs mud baths. 

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Jessica and Justin's tips to St. Lucia Honeymooners

- What NOT to miss: "Stay at one - Play at three. There are three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia, and they are just a short ride on Sandals included transfer to visit each one. La Toc was no question the perfect resort for us. Thank you Kali! But we loved dinner at Gordon's on the Pier at Sandals Grande St. Lucian. The food was fabulous and the over-the-water dinning experience was so romantic." 

- What I would have changed: "Bring a 'throw away' swim suit for the mud baths. The sulfur stained Justin's suit kind of orange. totally worth it, but next time I would bring and old suit that I don't plan to bring home."

Click below to request your complimentary WeddingMoon or Honeymoon consultation with The Sand Lady.

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Topics: destination wedding, honeymoon, Sandals La Toc

Destination Wedding: Jessica and Justin's Intimate Island Nuptials (part 1 of 2)

Posted on Mon , Oct 07, 2013

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When I first started working with Jessica and Justin, they wanted to plan a honeymoon in Jamaica or St. Lucia. They dreamed of a romantic getaway with a nice mix of relaxation and island adventure, and they wanted a special honeymoon suite. I made a couple recommendations on each island to suit their requirements and explained the major differences between the rooms and resorts that I was suggesting so they could make a final decision.

As sometimes happens, when next I spoke with Jessica, the couple had become slightly overwhelmed by the prospect of planning a traditional, local wedding with lots of family and friends to please. She wanted to know more about the Sandals WeddingMoon®, which is a destination wedding + honeymoon all in one package. I told Jessica that because they were already planning a 6 night honeymoon, they could add the Wedding to the Moon at no additional cost, and I would lead her through each painless step of planning the ceremony and reception. After consulting with Justin, the decision for an intimate island wedding was made, and after a 2 hour lunch date, we had planned their destination wedding and honeymoon at Sandals Regency La Toc in St. Lucia. 

I always recommend that honeymooners - and especially those getting married on resort - book one of Sandals Love Nest Suites. These suites are Sandals most romantic, intimate accommodations, and staying in a Love Nest Suite makes for a very special, unique honeymoon experience. Jessica and Justin chose the Sunset Bluff Honeymoon Oceanfront One Bedroom Butler Villa Suite with Private Pool at Sandals Regency La Toc. 

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This room boasts one of my all-time favorite views in the Caribbean - enjoyable from your own private plunge pool. Sitting atop Sunset Bluff, this suite has a beautifully decorated separate living room and bedroom with plenty of space. The veranda is large and the view of the ocean and the sunset is stunning. Open the sliding glass doors in your bedroom to enjoy these romantic views right from your four poster king size bed. Stone floors, mahogany furnishings, and vaulted ceilings make these suites cozy and inviting. 

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I always make sure my WeddingMoons couples receive VIP treatment. Upon arrival in St. Lucia, Jessica and Justin were driven by a private driver and luxury sedan from the airport to the resort. Their personal butler met their car at the resort and escorted them directly to their honeymoon suite. The next day, they met with their on-resort wedding coordinator who confirmed the details of the wedding ceremony and reception. They had a champagne cake tasting and selected a cake flavor. A local attorney met with them in the resort wedding office to finalize the legal marriage documents. The wedding coordinator took them on a full tour of the resort grounds, and Jessica made the final decision to hold the ceremony in the wedding gazebo overlooking the beach. Then, they were off to relax and play until it was time for their wedding, which was scheduled for 4pm two day later.

Each island does has its own legal documentation and residency requirements for weddings. St. Lucia requires the bride and groom arrive on the island 3 business days before there wedding ceremony. However, as in the case of Jessica and Justin's wedding, the couple may choose to pay a documentation expedition fee in order to get married sooner. But as Jessica would tell you, don't fret about the details! Contact The Sand Lady to take care of all of these things for you. It is my job to know the details and present  you with the options. 

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On the wedding day, Jessica had her hair and makeup done in the spa on resort. She said this was a great way to relax before the wedding. Her partial up-do was beautiful, and she was happy to see that the spa used makeup products by MAC. Once her hair and makeup were complete, her female butler Trisha drove her back to the suite to get dressed. Jessica was happy that Trisha was there to help her with her bridal gown. Before the wedding, as they got to know their butler team of Trisha and Sydney, Jessica and Justin decided to ask that they stand as witnesses to their marriage. 

Jessica and Justin's wedding theme is the Beautiful Beginnings complimentary wedding ceremony and champagne reception. They also used Sandals in-house photography and videography services. 


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Jessica's Tips to Brides
- What NOT to miss: "Sandals Personal Butler Service was absolutely amazing. I was SO GLAD we had this for our destination wedding. It made everything so relaxed and stress-free on the wedding day, especially."
- What I would have changed: "Justin said he was kind of nervous and anxious waiting for wedding time. I was in the spa - all relaxed. He was hanging out by himself. He is not a spa guy. If your groom would enjoy a massage, then I'd say schedule that for that time that you're apart before the wedding. For him, if I'd realized this would be the case, I would have just gone ahead and scheduled the wedding to be earlier in the day. When you're planning your wedding, you might be thinking more along the wedding time of a traditional, local wedding. Once you're on island time, there is not much difference between 11am and 4pm!"

Check out Part 2 of this blog series for the rest of Jessica and Justin's WeddingMoon story.

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Topics: destination wedding, Personal Butler Service, Sandals La Toc

Bride's Choice Award: Top Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Planners

Posted on Mon , Jan 14, 2013

wedding wire brides choice awards 2013WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that The Sand Lady from Royal Travel has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 for Best Travel Agents!

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.The Sand Lady’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews.  While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences planning their honeymoon or destination wedding with The Sand Lady. Our Wedding Wire reviews are available here.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.  As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, The Sand Lady is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program continues to recognize  the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize The Sand Lady for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

We are thrilled to be one of the top Travel Agencies planning honeymoons and destination weddings in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2013.

To learn more about the Bride's Choice Awards™, please visit www.WeddingWire.com/brides-choice-awards.

Topics: destination wedding, honeymoon

Destination Wedding: Mindy and John's Exotic Escape

Posted on Sun , Oct 28, 2012

When I met Mindy at a local wedding show, she was already planning her honeymoon to the Caribbean. I wished her luck in planning her wedding, and I did not expect to hear from her again.

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Several weeks later, I received a call from John, Mindy's fiancé. He explained that Mindy works a fast-paced, high-stress job and is on the road much of the time. He is a small business owner, and they were overwhelmed by the whole wedding planning experience. They had decided to consider a destination wedding because they wanted a beautiful, intimate wedding, and they wanted the planning to be easy and stress-free. So I told John about the Sandals WeddingMoon® (destination wedding + honeymoon all in one package), and within a day or so we had planned their destination wedding and honeymoon at Sandals Grande Antigua.

I always recommend that honeymooners - and especially those getting married on resort - book one of Sandals Love Nest Suites. These suites are Sandals most romantic, intimate accommodations, and staying in a Love Nest Suite makes for a very special, unique honeymoon experience. John and Mindy chose the Ultra Luxury Ocean Villa with Private Pool at Sandals Grande Antigua.

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Once their suite was booked, I scheduled their wedding for 11am on their third day on resort at Mindy's request. She wanted to get married as soon as possible and enjoy the honeymoon. We went over some of the custom wedding options, made sure the appropriate legal documents were received by Sandals wedding department, and the planning was complete!

Mindy and John returned from their destination wedding two very happy clients - as I knew they would. Sandals always takes such great care of my brides and grooms. The most common comment my clients make is that the service that the Sandals staff provided went far above and beyond their expectations. Below is Mindy's account of her experience with Sandals wedding staff.

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Mindy says that the wedding staff was absolutely fabulous, and that in some ways they were the best part of getting married at Sandals. As soon as the couple arrived on resort, two girls from the wedding department took them to the court house to fill out the remaining paper work. The wedding staff knew Mindy and John's travel schedule, made the appointment with the court house ahead of time, and had them back on resort in no time. Then, they had their official wedding planning appointment with the wedding staff. They went over many options and customizations for the wedding ceremony and reception. Mindy was able to select options that reflected her style.

Last, the wedding staff took Mindy and John around the resort and made several suggestions for the location of the wedding ceremony. At each site, they showed pictures of past weddings so that Mindy could get an idea of what the area would look like when it was set up for a wedding and what her ceremony pictures would look like. Mindy and John chose a gazebo near the water so that the ocean would be in the background of their pictures.

The next day, Mindy and John were able to hit the beach and relax knowing that all of their wedding planning was taken care of.

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When the wedding day came, one of the girls from the wedding staff came to help Mindy get into her dress and escorted her to the ceremony site. John spent the time before the ceremony with the clergyman who was to marry them. Mindy's assistant and the clergy worked together to make sure that Mindy and John did not see each other before she walked down the isle.

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The couple was very impressed with the clergy. He took time before the ceremony to get to know John and kept them smiling and comfortable during the ceremony. The two girls from the wedding department served as their witnesses to the marriage, and Mindy was touched that one of them cried during their vows.

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Mindy points to the fact that one of the wedding staff used Mindy and John's video camera to capture the ceremony for them as an example of how committed the staff was to making their wedding day perfect. Sandals does offer videography services through their wedding photography department, so this may not necessarily be an option for all couples, but it is a good example of the level of service that the wedding department provides.

Mindy and John were also very impressed with their wedding photographer. After capturing the ceremony, he spent another 2 hours with them making portraits at different locations around the resort.

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Mindy says that her destination wedding was perfect. She would not have changed a thing, and that Sandals wedding staff was wonderful. They were "Johnny on the spot" and made sure that everything was in order and went smoothly so that Mindy and John could enjoy every minute that they were on resort.

The couple decided to have a wedding reception at home. They still got to eat, drink and dance with their friends and family. But Mindy laughs and says that planning the wedding and the honeymoon took 15 minutes (that's a slight underestimate) and planning the reception took forEVER.

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Mindy and John have several engaged couple-friends who are at various stages of the wedding planning process, and they say that they keep telling them… You should just go to Sandals!

Thank you Mindy and John for sharing your special day with me.

If you are interested in learning more about a Sandals destination wedding, please click below to request your complimentary destination wedding consultation.

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Topics: destination wedding, honeymoon, Sandals Grande Antigua

Destination Wedding: The Honeymoon (part 4 of 4)

Posted on Thu , Oct 11, 2012

[This is the forth entry in a 4-part blog series on the Sandals WeddingMoon®. Previously, I talked about planning steps for "Before the Ceremony,"  designing the ceremony and reception in "Your Wedding, Your Style," and what to expect on "The Wedding Day." Here I will discuss your Sandals Honeymoon. This blog series is intended to give a general overview of the many options Sandals offers through the WeddingMoon® product and show how a Sandals or Beaches all inclusive destination wedding can fit most any bride's style and any budget. It is not intended to be a complete guide to planning your destination wedding. That's where I come in! So at any point, please click the Plan My Wedding link on this web page to send me a note and request your complimentary all inclusive destination wedding consultation.]

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The Honeymoon


All Inclusive
The Sandals and the Beaches resorts are Luxury All Inclusive resorts. The price of your stay includes airfare; transfers to and from the airport; unlimited gourmet dining; unlimited premium brand liquors, beer, wine and champagne; water sports such as SCUBA, snorkeling, sea kayaking, wind surfing, waterskiing and more; golf; taxes, fees, gratuities and much more.

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If you are like most couples, wedding planning means lots of thinking about budgets. And by the time the wedding day arrives, you are sick and tired of thinking about money. With an all inclusive honeymoon, you get a "two-for:"

1. When you look at your wedding budget, you know exactly how much the honeymoon will cost. You pay for your honeymoon before you travel (like most any other trip), and after that you do not have to pay for ANYthing else. Compare this to a cruise. When cruising, you have an on-board charge account that all bar drinks (including sodas), tours, gratuities, etc. will be charged to. Before you leave the ship at the end of the cruise, you will be asked to settle that account by paying cash or placing it on a credit card. I've known honeymooners that spent almost as much to get off the boat as they did to get on. You don't want to leave your honeymoon feeling disapointed that you spent more money than you planned to.

2. While you are on your honeymoon, you don't have to think about or discuss money. I tell honeymooners, you certainly don't want to be discussing what you can afford for dinner tonight. You want to be in the moment, making the most of your special time together. Compare this to a honeymoon in Paris. When traveling in a big city, each night you will choose a restaurant for dinner. You want to dine in romantic, gourmet restaurants, and you want him to be able to order a steak for dinner without worrying about how much it will cost.

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As you've seen throughout this blog series on the Sandals Destination Wedding, the Sandals and Beaches resorts offer a fabulous destination wedding option. But what makes this option absolutely perfect is that they are also the resorts I recommend to honeymooners. I recommend a Sandals honeymoon because first, I am 100% confident my clients will have a honeymoon that exceeds their expectations. And because at Sandals, LOVE is all you need - everything else is included.

Sandals Love Nest Suites
You want your honeymoon to be the most romantic time you have spent together. There should be plenty of time spent relaxing and connecting with each other. A Sandals Love Nest Suite is the perfect setting to ensure your time away together is memorable.

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The Love Nest Suites are the most sought after rooms at each Sandals resort, and they boast amenities such as private plunge pools and hot tubs, outdoor grotto showers, expanded marble bathrooms, private balconies and verandas with amazing views of the Caribbean Sea, and of course Sandals exclusive Personal Butler Service.

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Click here to view some of our favorite Love Nest Suites. (Don't worry. The link will open in a new window so you can easily come back!)

Personal Butler Service
Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you deserve the best of everything. I sell Sandals Personal Butler Service to my honeymooners because it is an unimaginably supreme standard of service and luxury where your every need is anticipated. Sandals Personal Butler Service is unquestionably my personal favorite inclusion that the Sandals resorts offer, and your honeymoon is the perfect time to experience it.

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If you're like many of my clients, you're thinking, "I'm not high maintenance. Why would I need a personal butler?" Check out my blog series here to find out why your honeymoon is not complete without Sandals Personal Butler Service. You will NOT regret it.

Even More Romance
So if that wasn't romantic enough for you, or even if your budget just won't allow for a LoveNest Suite or Personal Butler Service, you can add on several extra romantic activities to your Sandals honeymoon.

To my clients who would like to leave the resort and see more of their island where they are staying or who would like a little adventure during their honeymoon, I recommend the off-site tours offered by Sandals sister company Island Routes. With Island Routes you can chose to go zip lining through the jungle, bicycle through a volcano, swim with dolphins, ride horses on the beach, or take a romantic sunset catamaran cruise. You can read more about Island Routes tours here, and once we've booked your trip, I'll take care of booking your tours for you as well.

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Your Sandals or Beaches honeymoon includes unlimited gourmet dining at as many as 15 restaurants (depending on which at which resort you stay). However, for the couple who wants an extra special dinner celebration one night, I recommend Sandals romantic candlelight dinner for two. Have a sunset dinner under the stars served by a waiter in white gloves, on a table specially decorated with tropical floral arrangements and candle lights. The resorts book a limited number of these each night, so be sure to let me know early that you'd like to add this special event to your honeymoon.

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Whether you want more information on planning your Sandals or Beaches WeddingMoon® (destination wedding + honeymoon) or you are interested in a Sandals honeymoon, just click below to request your complimentary planning session.

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Destination Wedding: The Wedding Day (part 3 of 4)

Posted on Mon , Sep 10, 2012

[This is the third entry in a 4-part blog series on the Sandals WeddingMoon®. Previously, I talked about planning steps for "Before the Ceremony" and designing the ceremony and reception in "Your Wedding, Your Style." Here I will discuss what to expect when you arrive on resort and Your Wedding Day. In a subsequent post, I will describe "The Honeymoon." This blog series is intended to give a general overview of the many options Sandals offers through the WeddingMoon® product and show how a Sandals or Beaches all inclusive destination wedding can fit most any bride's style and any budget. It is not intended to be a complete guide to planning your destination wedding. That's where I come in! So at any point, please click the Plan My Wedding link on this web page to send me a note and request your complimentary all inclusive destination wedding consultation.]

The Wedding Day

When you arrive on resort
Each Sandals and Beaches resort has an on-resort wedding department. I have visited with wedding staff from several resorts, and I speak from experience when I say Sandals Wedding Department staff are passionate wedding professionals and they provide impeccable service. I consider it a huge honor to help you plan your destination wedding, and I take my role very seriously. I have absolutely no hesitation with turning my brides and their bridal parties over to the Sandals Wedding Department staff when they leave the states.

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Once you arrive on resort, you will have a pre-arranged meeting with the wedding department staff. This is usually scheduled for your first full-day on resort. During this meeting, your wedding coordinator will review the plans that we made before you left for accuracy and to ensure everyone is "on the same page." They will have already scheduled an appointment for the bride and groom to go to the local municipality and complete any necessary legal documentation. The resort staff will accompany you to this appointment.

Choosing a location
Also during your meeting with your on-resort wedding coordinator, she will take you around the resort and make recommendations for where you might have your ceremony and your reception. You will make the final decision on location once you have seen the options in person. However, if you would like to get some ideas before you go, I have pictures from each resort that we can look at. Below are just a few of my favorites.

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Spa options
The Sandals and Beaches resorts each have an immaculate, world-class spa that offers massage and other body services, hair and makeup as well as manicure and pedicure services. If you want to get your hair or make up done for your wedding day, or if you and/or the groom and bridal party need some extra pampering to prepare for the wedding, we will book these services while we are planning the wedding. The spa also offers trial hair and makeup appointments. By booking your spa services during the wedding planning process we will be able to choose the appropriate appointment times to coordinate with the rest of your wedding day schedule.

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Photography and Videography
Each of the Sandals and Beaches resorts has a professional photography department staffed with Kodak-certified photographers and videographers. Sandals offers several wedding photography and videography packages as well as a la carte options. Additionally, a few of the wedding themes include photos and a video of your wedding day. Many of our brides and grooms choose videography for their destination wedding, and then they have a reception with a larger group of family and friends once they return home. The video of your wedding day produced by Sandals is perfect to be shown at the party! No matter the package you choose, a highly experienced Sandals wedding photographer will capture your wedding day. Below are photos from some of our real Sandals weddings.

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Now, let's not forget one of the most important parts of your wedding - The Honeymoon! Look for the final entry in the blog series on your Sandals or Beaches Honeymoon. If you're considering a Caribbean destination wedding, just click below to let me know that you'd like more information on how we plan your dream wedding!

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Topics: destination wedding

Destination Wedding: Your Wedding, Your Style (part 2 of 4)

Posted on Thu , Sep 06, 2012

[This is the second entry in a 4-part blog series on the Sandals WeddingMoon®. Previously, I talked about planning steps for "Before the Ceremony." Here, I will talk about designing the ceremony and reception. In subsequent posts, I will describe "Your Wedding Day" and "The Honeymoon." This blog series is intended to give a general overview of the many options Sandals offers through the WeddingMoon® product and show how a Sandals or Beaches all inclusive destination wedding can fit most any Bride's style and budget. It is not intended to be a complete guide to planning your destination wedding. That's where I come in! So at any point, please click the Plan My Wedding link on this web page to send me a note and request your complimentary all inclusive destination wedding consultation.]

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Your Wedding, Your Style

Sandals and Beaches resorts offer 3 basic methods for designing your wedding day. These include the Free Wedding, several Predesigned Wedding Themes, and Your Custom Wedding.

The Free Wedding
Did you know Sandals and Beaches resorts offer a free wedding with qualifying stay? That's right. You buy your honeymoon and Sandals gives you your wedding day. The Beautiful Beginnings Package is a great option for an intimate wedding day or a couple on a tight budget. Currently, the only requirement is that your honeymoon be booked for 6 nights or longer, and you will be required to pay minister and government documentation fees.

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Predesigned Wedding Themes
Sandals predesigned wedding themes are a great option for the bride who has a general idea of what her wedding day should look like, but she does not have the time or the desire to fuss with planning lots of details. Leave it to the expert! Sandals commissioned Martha Stewart to design 6 wedding themes. The first one is the complimentary Beautiful Beginnings wedding above. The remaining 5 are depicted below. The prices for these weddings start at $1700 and include the wedding ceremony and reception for the bride and groom plus 6 guests. Additional guests can be added. Currently, Sandals will also give you a $500 wedding "credit" toward your wedding theme.

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Chic and Natural Destination Wedding Package

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Vision in White Destination Wedding Package

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Flutter of Romance Destination Wedding Package

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Island Paradise Destination Wedding Package

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Your Custom Wedding
Sandals has recently revealed the totally custom Your Wedding, Your Style wedding designer option. You can start by choosing a color palate for your wedding. You may choose any combination of up to three colors from 10 color options. Then, you will choose form literally 100s of ceremony and reception decor items. You can add special ceremony music, live reception entertainment, spa packages and more to complete your custom destination wedding. Below is just a few examples of the types of items that you may choose from to create your dream wedding.

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Whether you want to plan each detail of your all inclusive destination wedding, if you need someone to handle the details of arranging for one of the predesigned wedding themes or even if you're loving the idea of a free wedding, all you need to do is click below to let me know that you'd like more information on how we plan your dream wedding!

Look for the next entry in this blog series "Your Wedding Day." That entry will discuss Sandals on-resort wedding department staff, what to expect when you arrive on resort, choosing your ceremony location, and capturing your wedding day memories.

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Destination Wedding: Before the Ceremony (part 1 of 4)

Posted on Tue , Sep 04, 2012

Whether you are planning a large, elaborate event for many guests, an intimate gathering for a few close friends or a private ceremony for bride and groom, Sandals and Beaches resorts offer all inclusive destination weddings packages to suit any budget and most any bride's style. The Sandals WeddingMoon® is your customized all inclusive destination wedding and Caribbean honeymoon package.


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The Sandals Ladies are 2 of only 75 people in the US named Certified WeddingMoon® Specialists by Sandals. We are highly trained by the Sandals Wedding Department to guide couples through the wedding planning process and ensure that their destination wedding experience is exciting and fun. As your WeddingMoon specialist, my job is to walk you step-by-step through designing your custom destination wedding, coordinate your guests' travel, and plan your romantic Caribbean honeymoon.
 
[This is the first entry in a 4-part blog series on the Sandals WeddingMoon®. Here I will talk about planning steps for "Before the Ceremony." Then, in subsequent posts, I will talk about designing the ceremony and reception in "Your Wedding, Your Style," "Your Wedding Day" and "The Honeymoon." This blog series is intended to give a general overview of the many options Sandals offers through the WeddingMoon® product and show how a Sandals or Beaches all inclusive destination wedding can fit most any style and any budget. It is not intended to be a complete guide to planning your destination wedding. That's where I come in! So at any point, please click the Plan My Wedding link on this web page to send me a note and request your complimentary all inclusive destination wedding consultation.]
 
Before the Ceremony

Planning your trip
The first step is to decide at which resort you want to get married and to book the bride and groom's stay. There are 13 different Sandals resorts and 4 Beaches resorts spread across 6 islands of the Caribbean. I have personally visited each one, and I will take time to get to know you and your unique preferences. Then I will recommend a couple of the resorts that I think best suit your style and personality. Depending on whether there will be children attending the wedding and how involved they will be with the wedding party, I will suggest whether the bride and groom stay at a Sandals resort or a Beaches resort. The wedding ceremony will take place at the resort where the bride and groom stay. Wedding guests may stay at a different Sandals or Beaches resort if necessary. So, first we will choose your resort and your travel dates, and we will book your trip. Sandals only requires a $400 deposit to book the trip.

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Scheduling your ceremony
Next, I will book your ceremony day and time. Each of the islands have different requirements for how long you must be on the island before you are allowed to marry. I will go over these requriements with you, and we will determine what day and time you would like to have your wedding. Then, I will work with the Sandals Wedding Department to secure your ceremony time. Each resort only schedules one wedding per hour to ensure that you will have the staff's full attention. You may choose to hold your wedding ceremony during the very romantic twighlight (just before sunset) hour. Sandals does charge a small premium for this frequently requested ceremony time, but it is the perfect way to ensure your wedding photographer catches some photos of your gorgeous dress against the brilliant colors of the Caribbean sunset.

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Designing the ceremony and reception
There are several methods to choose from for designing your Sandals wedding ceremony and reception. Your wedding day at Sandals can be as customized as you wish. I will explain the design options in my next blog post.

Traveling with a group
If you will have wedding party members and/or wedding guests traveling with you, your group may qualify for special perks and amenities. Depending on the number of rooms booked in your group, the bride and groom could receive a complimentary room upgrade, manicure for the bride, massage for the groom, upgrades to the wedding reception and more. Sandals will also include perks for the wedding group members such as private group check-in, pre-wedding group celebration dinner and a commemorative gift for each member of the group.

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Whether your group is large or small, you can turn the stress of coordinating your family and friends' travel arrangements over to me. Please, give me any preferences or requests that you have regarding where your family and friends stay. Then, just tell your family and friends to call The Sand Lady to make their arrangements to attend your wedding.

Registering your trip
You may also want to take advantage of the Sandals Bridal Registry. Once you have planned your trip, you can register it just like you would register for home goods at a retail store. You will register for items such as monetary contributions toward your trip as well as "extras" that you would like to add to your Sandals honeymoon. You may choose to register for off-site tours such as a sunset catamaran cruise, horseback riding on the beach or zip lining through the jungle. Or you might register for spa treatments such as a couples massage. You can even register for a private candlelight dinner for two under the stars. Whether your friends and family will be able to attend your wedding or not, they can contribute toward your honeymoon.

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Look for the next entry in this blog series "Your Ceremony, Your Style." It is all about the many options for designing your unique destination wedding at Sandals or Beaches. If you're considering a Caribbean destination wedding, just click below to let me know that you'd like more information on how we plan your dream wedding!

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The Sandals Ladies Named Certified Destination Wedding Specialists

Posted on Tue , Nov 15, 2011

PHILLIPS AND HANSON OF ROYAL TRAVEL ATTEND SANDALS RESORTS’ LUXURY INCLUDED® SANDALS WEDDINGMOON SPECIALIST TRAINING IN NASSAU, BAHAMAS

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MARYVILLE, TN, 14 November 2011 – Robbie Phillips and Kali Hanson of Royal Travel are now certified by Sandals Resorts, the World’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort Company, as Sandals WeddingMoon Specialists.  Held in Nassau, Bahamas on October 30, The Sandals WeddingMoon Specialist training provides travel agents detailed information on the unique Wedding and Honeymoon programs offered within the extensive Sandals Resorts International portfolio – comprised of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts. Personally-selected to participate in the special training, Phillips and Hanson were among an elite group of travel agents who are already qualified as Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS) agents and recognized as experts in the world’s only Luxury Included® Resorts. Now, Phillips and Hanson are 2 of only 75 agents in the US also certified by Sandals Resorts as experts in the varied destination wedding & honeymoon offerings at the resorts, including Sandals Weddings by Martha Stewart™, Romantic Retreats at the Red Lane® Spa, Island Routes’ Romantic Routes Adventure Tours, exclusive honeymoon amenities and much more.

According to Phillips, understanding the nuances of each brand within the Sandals Resorts portfolio is critical to her customers.  “My clients rely on me to help them make the best choices for their Destination Wedding and Honeymoon.  It’s my job to ensure that every hard-earned dollar they spend is giving them true value to create the ultimate wedding experience that is completely customized to their taste & personality as a couple.”  “I am thrilled to have been a part of this certification course, and I have come away with a wealth of knowledge. My clients want to feel confident that the information they receive is based on expert knowledge and now, my Sandals WeddingMoon Specialist designation does just that,” said Hanson.

According to Gary Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales at Unique Vacations Inc., the worldwide sales representative for Sandals Resorts, relying on a CSS travel agent who is also a Sandals WeddingMoon Specialist, is one of the best ways that the Bride and Groom can get the most out of their Caribbean Wedding or Honeymoon experience.  “Vacations are memories in the making,” said Sadler.  “You don’t get a second chance to celebrate the perfect wedding or honeymoon. It has to be just right. Certified WeddingMoon Specialist agents such as Robbie and Kali are helping us to match customers to their ideal Caribbean experience. We congratulate them for participating in our workshop, and wish them the very best.”

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